Fort Wayne Community Schools and Northwest Allen County Schools will request metal detectors from the state of Indiana after initially opting not to.
The state first offered the devices to schools in July, weeks after a student opened fire at a Noblesville middle school, wounding his teacher and another student. After that offer went out, more than 3,200 metal detectors were requested by 370 school entities, including 94 percent of all traditional public school corporations, through the program funded by the Department of Administration.
This week, Gov. Eric J. Holcomb and the Indiana Department of Administration announced Indiana schools would have another chance to order state-funded hand-held metal detectors.
Fort Wayne Community Schools and Northwest Allen County Schools – the only Allen County districts that did not initially request the metal detectors – took the state up on the offer this time around.
“After reviewing our safety plans, we have determined that we can incorporate the handheld metal detectors into our comprehensive plan,” said Fort Wayne Community Schools spokesperson Krista Stockman. “We will be requesting metal detectors from the state in the second round.”
A Northwest Allen County Schools spokesperson also confirmed to WANE 15 on Tuesday that the district would also request the metal detectors.
It remains unclear how either district plans to implement the metal detectors once they receive them.
WANE 15 reached out to Southwest Allen County Schools to learn how they’ve used the devices after requesting them this summer. The district said through a statement that it is still working on such a plan.
“Leading up to and following Gov. Holcomb’s announcement of the initiative, there was little if any communication explaining how the program was envisioned to roll out. At SACS we continue to work with safety experts to determine how best the devices can and/or will be used to enhance our current safety plans as well as what type of reporting, training and policies may be required.”
Schools that have not ordered the devices can do so by 5 p.m. EDT Oct. 5.